Swansea University’s vice chancellor has been suspended along with three other members of staff while an ‘internal investigation’ is carried out.
Professor Richard Davies has been the vice chancellor of the university since 2003.
He, along with dean of the school of management, Marc Clement, and two other members of staff have been suspended pending an internal investigation.
The nature of that investigation is not known, but ‘does not concern the academic performance of the University or its financial wellbeing’.
Professor Richard Davies has been the vice chancellor of the university since 2003
Staff have today been sent a message titled ‘internal investigation’ by registrar Andrew Rhodes.
It reads: ‘This message is to let you know that an internal investigation has been carried out at Swansea University over the last few weeks, which has not yet been completed.
‘The vice-chancellor has been suspended while the investigation is ongoing, as have the dean of the school of management and two other members of staff at the school.
Professor Davies (with Hillary Clinton last year) was brought up in West Wales. He studied Engineering at Cambridge and obtained a PhD at Bristol University
‘Given that this is an ongoing process, it would not be appropriate for me to give any more detail at this stage, but I can assure you that the matters under investigation do not concern the academic performance of the University or its financial wellbeing.
‘As set out in the university ordinances, I will carry out the functions of the vice-chancellor in the short term, until other measures are put in place.
Dean of the school of management, Marc Clement, (pictured) and two other members of staff have also been suspended
‘I will update you about these measures, and about interim arrangements for the school of management, as soon as I can.
‘I appreciate that a lot of questions will arise from this message, but it will not be possible to provide more detail at this time.’
Professor Davies was brought up in West Wales. He studied Engineering at Cambridge and obtained a PhD at Bristol University.
A statistician, Professor Davies has worked across an unusually wide range of disciplines including Medicine, Metallurgy, and Social Science.
Marc Clement was born in Llanelli and has held several senior academic positions including being the vice chancellor of the University of Wales for six years before returning to become executive chair in the institute of life science at the college of medicine at Swansea University.
In 2014 Marc was invited to become vice president of Swansea University with a specific role of developing major strategic projects; and more recently in October 2015, Marc was appointed as dean of the school of management.
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